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    Wondering whether anyone is considering changes...

    Wondering whether anyone is considering changes to their retail pricing. We've had the same pricing scheme for years, but I'm considering nudging it up some after this lame season. Seems if there...
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    Just took a cruise through the woods. ...

    Just took a cruise through the woods. Discouraging... Many red maple flowers are about to explode. Tomorrow? Monday? And sugars are suddenly looking pretty plump. Not sure I will make it...
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    Right. Everything from here on is non-organic. ...

    Right. Everything from here on is non-organic. We are not certified anyway, but wanted to do a trial this year to see if we'd go that route. Exactly sapman, Trans worked fine early but was...
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    We have boiled 10 out of the last 11 days and are...

    We have boiled 10 out of the last 11 days and are happy for a cold-snap recharge and much needed break. Sap sugar started that period at 2.0 but made a quick decline to 1.5ish where it has held. ...
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    Yup. Sounds like many of us are seeing similar....

    Yup. Sounds like many of us are seeing similar. We got about 0.5 gpt from Wed and just over 1 from Thursday. Sap at 1.5.
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    ****. Feel for you treehugger. We've probably...

    ****. Feel for you treehugger. We've probably all been there in one way or another. We have no heat in our sugarhouse so there's always a long list of ice mitigation to do at the end of a boil.
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    Ha! That's fantastic. Yeah, the Whammy's been...

    Ha! That's fantastic. Yeah, the Whammy's been closed throughout the pandemic. Just so small. Everyone is on everyone else's lap just to fit a dozen people in there. But no doubt an awesome...
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    Yeah, being on the trader midday is not a good...

    Yeah, being on the trader midday is not a good sign for maple activity! We stayed busy the last couple days doing a complete sweep of our 4 bushes to look for downed lines after that huge windstorm...
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    Yup. Also found a dangling drop line we missed...

    Yup. Also found a dangling drop line we missed during tapping.
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    22123 What's wrong with this picture? Ran...

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    What's wrong with this picture? Ran across this one in the woods today checking lines and thought you would appreciate. Clearly too tired for proper tapping!
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    Sweetening the pans is taking sap from raw sap or...

    Sweetening the pans is taking sap from raw sap or ROed sugar content to the higher sugar contents at the various gradients around the evaporator. Today we did our first boil but did not draw off any...
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    Super underwhelming here in Calais. Less than we...

    Super underwhelming here in Calais. Less than we hoped for but about what we expected. Cleared 0.3 gpt from yesterday through about noon today. Sugar at 1.5%. Enough to do a gentle boil for a...
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    We got 100+/- gallons in each of our 4 tanks...

    We got 100+/- gallons in each of our 4 tanks which we used to wash tanks then dumped. Plugged bungs, closed valves and are ready to rock. Don't expect much from Sat but overnight temp Sat night is...
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    Good to get a look at the VT thread and see the...

    Good to get a look at the VT thread and see the shared enthusiasm mounting. I'm certainly feeling it.

    We had a few non-covid related health setbacks that had us worried about getting work done,...
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    My prediction for low 20s later this week was...

    My prediction for low 20s later this week was perhaps a little too hopeful, but looks like several nights coming in the mid to upper 20s in north central VT. Maybe not enough for complete recharge...
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    Anyone else seeing the long range forecast models...

    Anyone else seeing the long range forecast models that show a significant cool down next weekend? Perhaps low 20s or even upper teens for us here. Hoping the trees can hold on through this mild...
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    2" pump on 1.5" hose?

    I currently use a Honda WX15 to pump sap to the sugarhouse through a 1.5" line. It is slow. I'd like to go to a Honda WB20 but it has a 2" port. Is it possible to use a 2" pump on a 1.5" line? ...
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    I should add that we're looking at teens the next...

    I should add that we're looking at teens the next 3 nights and around 30 during the day.
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    I've got a question and not sure where to post it...

    I've got a question and not sure where to post it but gonna start with you guys. Got a small amount of sap today - enough to concentrate and do a full RO wash/rinse. But for a boil, once the...
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    Absolutely huge day here. Trees didn't give much...

    Absolutely huge day here. Trees didn't give much up yesterday but with mild temps were primed to let go today. At 1.5 gpt at all our tanks and expect better than 2 by gathering time tomorrow...
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    Maybe my longwinded question wasn't clear... I...

    Maybe my longwinded question wasn't clear... I use a new filter for each boil but switch out for one devoted to the wash cycle. The machine instructs you to switch the filter then, which I do, but...
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    When do you change your prefilter?

    Looking for input on changing the prefilter to see if there's another simpler way that doesn't have so much filter changing. I use the filter I'm already concentrating with for the initial prerinse,...
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    Unreal. I ran into Philip at CDL last week and...

    Unreal. I ran into Philip at CDL last week and we were talking about his high numbers. Also said he had red maples that were regularly running 3%. Is it possible there are dissolved solids other...
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    Yikes! Hope there's not something more major...

    Yikes! Hope there's not something more major going on. Last year was my first with RO, and I was super nervous the drain field I built wouldn't be able to handle it, or I'd get a similar plugging...
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    Amen to that. Happy to see a handful of my...

    Amen to that. Happy to see a handful of my oldest daughters friends at town meeting today voting for the first time. And I guess I like my own kids allright - proud dad watching my middle daughter...
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